Our puppy of 8 years suddenly passed away in April of this year and my husband and I were just devastated. We were certainly not expecting our first parenting experiment to just die out of the blue. A simple vet visit turned into “he won’t make the night” . How could this be? It was needless to say a shock. I did not expect the loss of a pet to really affect me as it did. Honestly it was lonely. Very lonely. I have two girls running around my feet constantly, so truly I am never ALONE. I realized then that a dog does not drain you it fills you. Their tail wags, down eyes and excitement for the simplest of things makes life enjoyable. I was missing the knock into the thigh, the steps on the floor and the friend that always will listen. ( not that I talk to my dog, although I think I might have).
New chapter. It has been two weeks and one day since we made the four hour trip to Grand Rapids to pick up our new addition. After much research and many breeders we finally found the breeder and breed we were both excited about. We went with a Golden Doodle. A mixture between a Golden Retriever and Standard Poodle. She has been interesting to say the least. Like having an infant child you forget what it is like to have a puppy in the home. The work involved. You always realize a puppy takes work, but you truly forget the effort in raising a good dog. I think most would complain and hate it, but truth is I LOVE it. I LOVE having the fruits of my labor show so fast. With children you discipline and change behavior, but the pay off is slow. Kids require a lot of work and you might get that ” I love you mommy” once in a while, or the cute smile on the stairs. But bottom line the pay off with kids is not immediate or fast. You just have the hope that what you are doing will pay off and you will have God fearing, loving, responsible members of society. We shall see. But with a dog the pay off is much quicker. You show her where and when to sit and 3-4 times later she does it. Show her if she comes to you when called she gets a treat, and after 3-4 times she gets it. It’s a good feeling. And right now its working. God willing it continues and we have a great member of the family. Soon, we shall see.